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Getting Happy, Healthy and Ready for Summer

I am so excited to have partnered with Duane Reade and Collective Bias to bring you this post about Duane Reade’s new Happy and Healthy Magazine.

Duane Reade Happy and Healthy Spring Magazine

We had a long cold winter here in the Northeast, but happily, it’s starting to warm up around here.  Anybody who knows me knows that I absolutely hate the cold. I’m really looking forward to the warmer months ahead and have actually started to prepare.  Last weekend I visited one of my favorite stores, Duane Reade, and noticed that they came out with a new Spring edition of their magazine called Happy and Healthy.  I took one home so that I could browse through it to see if anything caught my eye.

I found quite a few things that would help me on my quest to get ready for the upcoming warmer weather. Read on to see what I bought!

Preparing for Outdoor Activities

As the temperatures rise, I find that we are starting to spend a lot more time outdoors.  We’ve already started gardening, grilling and just having fun.  However, being outdoors can also lead to bumps and bruises and bug bites.  In fact, just yesterday, Z.E.N. ran inside complaining of a scrape he got on his arm while playing basketball with his cousins.  So, in an effort to get ready to survive the outdoors, I decided to purchase some first aid supplies.

Walgreens triple antibiotic spray, liquid bandage and bite & sting relief spray

Specifically, I purchased:

  • Walgreens Triple Antibiotic Spray – I always worry about cuts getting infected so I’m happy to have found this antibiotic spray.
  • Walgreens Liquid Bandage Spray – this is perfect for those little scrapes and cuts that don’t really require a bandage.
  • Walgreens Bite & Sting Relief Spray – mosquitos love Z.E.N. and I so I’m hoping that this will provide some relief when we do eventually get bitten.

All of the above products were reasonably priced and I was also eligible to receive a free first aid case.  Unfortunately, they were all out of the cases so they cashier gave me a rain check that I could use on a future visit.

Preparing for Upcoming Road Trips

May is going to be a crazy month for us.  We’ve been invited to numerous birthday parties, baby showers, a wedding, a first Communion and more. You know what that means…road trips!   Travelling with kids can be stressful at times, but I find that as long as I pack plenty of snacks, drinks and toys, Z.E.N. doesn’t have a problem.  so with that in mind, I noticed quite a few snacks listed in the Happy and Healthy Magazine.  I didn’t purchase a whole lot, because we already have a ton of snacks in the house, but these caught my eye.

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Good and Delish Tortilla Chips, and Freeze Dried Apples; Nice! Whole Cashews

  • Good & Delish Tortilla Chips – this big bag of chips was only $2.99 with the Duane Reade Balance Rewards card. Great deal and great snack!
  • Good & Delish Freeze-dried Apples – this caught my eye because we love apples. Z.E.N. always wants me to peel and slice his apples.  It’s not always feasible for me to so so when we’re travelling so I’m happy to try these.  They’re 100% real  fruit and seem like a good snack for travelling.
  • Nice Whole Cashews – Philip loves Cashews.  These were also on sale for $2.99 so I picked up a can for him.

There were so many great snacks in the Happy and Healthy magazine to choose from.  I wish I could try them all!

Preparing For Summer Beauty

Now that summer is just around the corner, it’s time to get beautified. As I flipped through the magazine, I was on the lookout to find products to solve three issues.

(1) I have pretty clear skin, but it’s been feeling kind of congested lately, so I need to address that.

(2) I need to get my toenails ready for sandals.  Since I’ve been wearing shoes and boots all winter, my toes are a travesty right about now.

(3) I conditioner wash my hair and wanted to find a new moisturizing conditioner that was sulfate free.

I came across the following products:

Ology Moisturizing Conditioner, wet n wild Fergie branded nail polish, Studio 35 Deep Cleaning Mask

  • Ology Conditioner – this conditioner smells really good.  It’s nice and thick and leaves my hair feeling silky soft.
  • wet n wild Fergie Nail Polish – in the magazine, I saw a cool really colorful sparkly polish.  I couldn’t find it in the store and got this gold sparkly version instead.  I can’t wait to use it!
  • Studio 35 Beauty Masks – I’ve never tried these masks before, so I’m not sure how well they work, but I’m willing to try them to get my glow back!

I loved how smoothly my shopping trip went because of the fact that I was able to flip through the magazine ahead of time and create a list of the stuff I wanted to buy. The items in the magazine are on sale until mid May, so I’m pretty sure I’ll be back for more!

For more photos of my shopping trip, check out my Google + photo album.

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About the author

Diane Nassy

Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 9-year-old little boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Check out Diane's Google+ profile "


  • How fun is that nail polish?! I love that you were able to get everything you needed and easily visualize what each product was in the magazine.

  • Iam assuming that Duane Reade is like a CVS or Walgreens by me. You shared some great products, so of which I recently purchased myself.

  • Its just starting to feel like spring here too! Thanks for the reminder to stock up on band aids, anti bacterial cream and bug spray! PS I love your nail polish choice! I just bought a similar colour! It reminds me of the warm sun! Definitely brightens the spirits!

  • I had NO IDEA that Duane Reade was part of Walgreens. Will this magazine be available in Walgreens, too?

  • 80 degree weather over here has me jonesin’ for summer! Thanks for posting these fabulous ideas!


  • At the very least I need to pick up the bite and sting spray. I’d like to think I won’t need it, but who am I kidding?

  • Great products! How nice that Duane Reade makes spring shopping easier, by featuring products perfect for the season. I’ll be on the look out for the freeze dried apples and the seaweed salt mask as well! Thanks so much for sharing your finds 🙂